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Secretary Clinton faints, sustains concussion

By Matthew Lee

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:55 a.m. HST, Dec 15, 2012

WASHINGTON » Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting, the State Department said Saturday.

The 65-year-old Clinton, who's expected to leave her job soon, was recovering at home after the incident last week and is being monitored by doctors, according to a statement by aide Philippe Reines.

No further details were immediately available.

President Barack Obama telephoned his top diplomat Saturday to wish her well, a White House official said.

The State Department said Clinton was dehydrated because of the virus, fainted and sustained a concussion. She will continue to work from home in the week ahead and looks forward to returning to the office "soon," the statement said.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee said it won't hear from Clinton as planned at a Thursday hearing into the Sept. 11 attack against a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador. The House Foreign Affairs Committee also said Clinton would no longer give scheduled testimony at its hearing Thursday on Libya.

Senior State Department officials William Burns and Thomas Nides are to take Clinton's place at both hearings.

Clinton's aides on Saturday informed the Senate committee chairman, Sen. John Kerry, about her health, and the Massachusetts Democrat "insisted that given her condition, she could not and should not appear" as planned, said Kerry spokeswoman Jodi Seth. Obama is expected to nominate Kerry to succeed Clinton.

Clinton backed out of a trip to North Africa and the Persian Gulf on Monday because she was sick. She caught the virus during a recent visit to Europe.

The former first lady is known for her grueling travel schedule and is the most traveled secretary of state, having visited 112 countries while in the job.


Associated Press writer Jim Kuhnhenn contributed to this report.

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allie wrote:
get well soon!
on December 15,2012 | 06:56AM
DABLACK wrote:
Speedy recovery Ma'am !!
on December 15,2012 | 07:04AM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Recover quickly as your Benghazi insights are needed.
on December 15,2012 | 07:12AM
peanutgallery wrote:
HIllary needs to be compelled to face the public regarding Benghazi. She has avoided it for going on 4 months. It's outrageous.
on December 15,2012 | 12:21PM
frings wrote:
You are so aptly named. We don't need comments from the "peanut gallery". Now go back to seminary Romney lover.
on December 16,2012 | 07:41AM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Remember Bill, lied like a rug under oath. But..... That Little Black Dress......didn't lie.
on December 16,2012 | 07:54AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
After a concussion she can state that she has no recollection of any of the Benghazi details.
on December 15,2012 | 07:40AM
Oahuan wrote:
That's one tough cookie.
on December 15,2012 | 08:04AM
Ronin006 wrote:
It probably was a self-inflicted or feigned injury to give her an excuse not to testify next week about the Benghazi incident. In fact, she already has said she will not be able to testify because of the injury. For how long will she use this bogus excuse?
on December 15,2012 | 08:26AM
eoe wrote:
How long will Republicans keep harping on this fake issue?
on December 15,2012 | 09:01AM
BO0o07 wrote:
Until the truth is revealed, no, I'm not a Republican.
on December 15,2012 | 09:29AM
peanutgallery wrote:
You're a fool. Your own words betrayed you.
on December 15,2012 | 12:22PM
lee1957 wrote:
The committee chair is Senator John Kerry (D) Massachusetts. He could easily pull the plug on the whole thing. Why doesn't he?
on December 15,2012 | 12:32PM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Wait a minute folks, how and why four Americans were murdered is not a Democratic or Republican issue. We all want to know don't we?
on December 16,2012 | 07:49AM
false wrote:
I wonder if this is a health issue that will affect her being healthy enough to serve as president?
on December 15,2012 | 08:47AM
serious wrote:
She is serving as President!! Just like Cheney with Bush. I like her--look at her achievements!! Even served on the board of directors for WalMart which is homed in AS while her husband, what's his name, was Governor--how convenient.
on December 15,2012 | 09:21AM
808comp wrote:
She's tough,and will recover.
on December 15,2012 | 10:47AM
Dragonman wrote:
Glad she is doing well after the fall. Not a trival matter falling when you are 65 years old and hitting your head.
on December 15,2012 | 11:46AM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Kerry - Clinton - Obama - Kerry does anyone subscribe to conspiracy theories?
on December 16,2012 | 07:37AM
Highinthesierras wrote:
All this chatter. All Americans want to know how and why four Americans were murdered. Get Her under oath and get answers. Of course, being under oath did not stop Bill from lying - only a soiled little black dress brought out the truth.
on December 16,2012 | 07:53AM
Tarball wrote:
How convenient! Still, I'd like to hear you (and Pres Obama) testify about the Benghazi massacre . . . . . a worse situation than Watergate.
on December 16,2012 | 08:54AM
st1d wrote:
one after another. petreaus, rice, and now hillary. who's the next testifier on the list to appear before the committee investigating the benghazi incident.
on December 16,2012 | 09:31AM
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